[Foundation-l] A dangerous precedent
millosh at gmail.com
Sun Dec 30 20:49:01 UTC 2007
On 12/30/07, David Gerard <dgerard at gmail.com> wrote:
> The problem is not bot-generated articles. The problem is that one
> user on the Volapuk Wikipedia, by his own admission, deliberately
> created tens of thousands of articles by bot purely to raise Volapuk's
> listing on the front page of www.wikipedia.org. He was not doing this
> to write a useful Wikipedia in any way, but (again by his own
> admission) to publicise the Volapuk constructed language.
> He acted in bad faith; the question is then how to deal with this act
> of bad faith and not allow it to be rewarded.
David, participating in any competition is a matter of vanity. And
www.wikipedia.org supports that vanity. And while expressing of vanity
is constructive, I don't have anything against it -- knowing that it
is a socially supported behavior.
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